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“Lovely place; worth the trip but not much to see.”
Review of Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library
Ranked #35 of 530 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibition is '1916: Tales from the Other Side', exploring minority experiences of 1916 and the years that followed.
Los Angeles, California
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“Lovely place; worth the trip but not much to see.”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

I stopped by Marsh's Library on my way toward St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is probably what most of their visitors do. The man at the door may have been the nicest person I've ever met in my life. He gave a little explanation of the library and I walked around for about 5 minutes. It's an L-shaped space and if you didn't read any of the featured exhibits in detail you really could be in and out of there in 2 minutes. At the time I visited they were featuring ancient books on science. I thought it was cool to see a dozen or so of these age-old books with a unifying theme; I appreciated the way they curate the material. No photos allowed, which is a shame because the book stacks look really cool. The man who welcomed me was so lovely and nice that I would have paid double the entry fee (a mere 2.5 Euros) to support the library.

Visited February 2013
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“A Bookworms Deleight”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

Simply amazing to see a library over three centuries old. Some great examples of old science books that are a joy to read from.
Not so much an attraction for kids except for the typewriter and quill exhibit.

Visited February 2013
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Hollesley, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating, well worth a visit”
Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

Having spent several months in Dublin, I couldn't believe I had missed visiting this wonderful library before. The atmosphere is very special and as a book lover, your hands itch to touch the old volumes (which of course you can't!). As previously mentioned by other reviewers, the people who 'man' the Marsh Library are so welcoming, enthusiastic and friendly as well as knowledgable and passionate about the collection, that they are also 'treasures' within this place. If you're interested in history and books this is a 'must do'.

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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

If, and only if, you are interested in libraries and in old books, when you love the smell of paper and parchment, and when you like to be transported back in time, sneak up the stairs in St Patrick's Close and enter into the world of a 17th-century bookcollector. Archbishop Marsh founded this library and it contains his collection (and a few others) in its original setting. In a way, this is more impressive than the large library at Trinity College: that's grand, certainly, but it has seen quite some change over the centuries -- and it is touristy, with its exit through the gift shop. Marsh's Library is largely untouched, a time machine.

Visited January 2013
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“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

As the title says, this is a hidden treasure in Dublin for booklovers. Amazing to see the library as it was 300 years ago. Fascinating exhibitiions and friendly staff.

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